Former Wellington band instructor pleads guilty to sexual exploitation of a child

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WELLINGTON, Kan. (KAKE) -

A former Wellington middle and high school band instructor has pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child. 

Sumner NewsCow reports 30-year-old Benjamin Olson entered the plea at his arraignment hearing Thursday. He's scheduled to be sentenced to 16 months in prison on July 25 and must register as a sex offender. 

Olson was charged with four counts of sexual exploitation of a child and one count of unlawful sexual relations as a teacher with a student. Three of those counts were dropped in exchange for his plea. 

Olson was placed on leave in November when the investigation began. A criminal complaint accused him of receiving sexually explicit photos and videos from a 17-year-old girl. He was also accused of sending text messages of a sexual nature to the student, massaging her in a sexual manner and kissing her.

Olson had been at Wellington High School since 2015. 

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